Caridad’s Diary

Venezuela: A Tired People

April 18, 2017 | 1 Comment »

An extreme tiredness is evident on the faces of many people in Venezuela. Most comments on the street coincide in one detail; we are fed up with the extremes. We are fed up with the manipulations of the government, its inefficiency, its corruption; We are fed up with the delusions of traditional opposition parties.

Venezuelan Retirees and Pensioners Protest

March 30, 2017 | No Comments »

For the second consecutive day, and this time not only in Caracas, also in several states of Venezuela, retirees and pensioners went out to claim their right to life. “Angry grandparents demand their rights” was one of the slogans. (24 photos)

If Haruki Murakami lived in Venezuela

January 25, 2017 | 1 Comment »

I’m on vacation and I’ve decided not to go away and leave home for a couple of weeks. As I don’t believe I can travel, taking into account the fact that I barely have enough money to eat, I prefer to stay by myself… with my cat, in mutual silence, sometimes listening to Craig Prues or Shinmaya Dunster.

Living with violence

January 11, 2017 | No Comments »

The Venezuelan Observatory on Violence has announced that violent deaths in 2016 exceeded 28,000 which makes Venezuela the second country in the world with the highest rate of lethal deaths.

Venezuela’s Tooth Fairy (ratoncito Perez)

December 31, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Ever since I arrived at the office where I met Rafael, I was warned that people here steal. However, I was very surprised that a place which was connected to such an important government figure would hire people who engaged in this illicit activity.

Our Caring Pal Nicolas Maduro

December 17, 2016 | 21 comments

It’s been a year this month since a great percentage of the Venezuelan people voted in favor of opposition legislators instead of the government. The government, in order to celebrate this beautiful gesture in their favor, has decided to give Venezuelans an unforgettable Christmas.

The New Metro in Caracas

November 10, 2016 | No Comments »

I walk into the first metro station in Caracas. Or the last, depending on how you’re looking at it. Trains on Line 1 are in one-piece, that is to say, you can walk from the first carriage to the last carriage without having to leave the train.

I finally got “Gonorrhea”

October 4, 2016 | 1 Comment »

It’s 7 AM in the morning and my partner Yolvik wakes me up with a shout: The bags have come! Normally, I’d be really annoyed if I was woken in this ungodly manner, but the announcement of the famous food bag….

New Times in Venezuela

August 22, 2016 | 6 comments

The last bit of soap falls from my hands into the sink hole and I say a few curses under my breath, without being in too much of a bad mood, because I’d used the last bit of my annual quota of grief the day before.

Running a Marathon with Teresa

August 9, 2016 | 2 comments

Following the course of the race, and then waiting for the runners at the finish line, I met Teresa Jimenez, a Colombian-Venezuelan woman who is almost 80 years old. (21 photos)